Former North Tahoe resort guru moving on, colleagues praise his work |

Former North Tahoe resort guru moving on, colleagues praise his work

TAHOE CITY, Calif. – Perhaps one of the most oft-quoted voices promoting Lake Tahoe as a premier tourism destination is stepping away from a majority of his role as one of the region’s top ambassadors.

Steve Teshara announced his resignation on Monday as president and CEO of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, ending his seven-year run at what he called one of North Tahoe’s most influential organizations.

“An opportunity came up for me to focus more on community sustainability issues around the basin,” said Teshara who, as of Monday, launched his own North and South Shore consulting agency, Sustainable Community Advocates, headquartered in Zephyr Cove on the East Shore, which will act as a lake-wide consulting firm.

While he’ll continue to serve as chair for the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association, Teshara said his new venture will take much of his time as he focuses on the basin’s flurry of community and environmental issues.

“This has been a great seven year-run for me, and the most difficult thing will be leaving behind some of the great staff there at the resort association,” he said.

Alex Mourelatos, chair of the resort association’s board, said Teshara’s former job description might change. Teshara’s role was large and complex, Mourelatos said, something that might best be handled through committees or through a joint effort of resort association staff.

“What we’re really in the middle of is a journey that the board will be going through in the next four to six months as we look for new leadership,” Mourelatos said. “It’s important that the community understand that the resort association is going to continue to function and continue in its mission, and it’s important to understand that the change is part of a normal process.”

Kym Fabel, manager of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber is indebted to Teshara for numerous projects, plans and recommendation he has given over the course of his career.

“We’ll miss him; he really worked globally with his work in the North Shore and South Shore and creating relationships,” she said. “His leadership was incredible and we wish him the best in the next chapter.”

Fabel said Teshara has been instrumental in helping organize the Lake Tahoe Basin Prosperity Plan and providing input for the Lake Tahoe Regional Plan Update. Going forward, she said Teshara will act in an advisory role for the chamber.

Teshara said he made the decision a month ago as he was pondering how he could best serve the Lake Tahoe Basin.

“Sometimes opportunity knocks and you go through one door and into another phase of your career,” Teshara said.

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